Fabianski handed Belgrade test

The debate rages on. Which of our two main keepers is best? Lukasz Fabianski or MA1. We get another chance to find out tonight when the Arsenal face Partizan Belgrade in the Champions League game in Serbia.
The Pole gets the nod after MA1’s dodgy display on Saturday in the defeat at home to West Brom – where, we are told, he picked up an elbow injury. How convenient. But let’s face it, we shouldn’t be having this discussion. If AW had gone out and splashed the cash on a world class keeper in the summer we’d be sitting pretty right now. Maybe Wojciech Szczesny is the answer. Will he ever get a game to show us of what he is made? Surely he deserves a chance.
While I back AW on most things, I can’t accept his judgement in not recruiting a truly exceptional No.1. AW has had his say on the matter in his pre-match press conference. He said: ‘Even if people think he (Almunia) made a mistake on the second goal (against West Brom), we made a few before that as a team. We win together and we lose together.
‘But Almunia won’t play because he is injured. He did his right elbow in making the penalty. We checked him at half-time and he had some pain but said he could go on, so I decided to play him on. I would have taken him out on Saturday if he had said, “I’m feeling it”. Sometimes when you are playing you only feel it after you stop. I have no concerns about Fabianski. Only you in the media have concerns. He made mistakes against Porto, but he can show that he has learnt from that.
Meanwhile, the Mirror today says Henri Lansbury stands by to make his Champions League debut tonight in a new-look Arsenal side captained by Tomas Rosicky. The paper says Lansbury’s reward for scoring his first senior goal against T******** last week was elevation to the first team squad when Abou Diaby pulled out injured.
Looking ahead to Sunday’s game at Chelsea, and the Sun tells us that AW thinks Cesc may have a chance of a comeback from injury at Shit Bridge. He said: “Cesc started to run so we will see his reaction. We will monitor his progress during the week but there is a little hope that he could be available.”
Fingers crossed.

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